Cir"cum*stance (?), n. [L. circumstantia, fr. circumstans, -antis, p. pr. of circumstare to stand around; circum + stare to stand. See Stand.]


That which attends, or relates to, or in some way affects, a fact or event; an attendant thing or state of things.

The circumstances are well known in the country where they happened. W. Irving.


An event; a fact; a particular incident.

The sculptor had in his thoughts the conqoeror weeping for new worlds, or the like circumstances in histery. Addison.


Circumlocution; detail.


So without more circumstance at all I hold it fit that shake hands and part. Shak.

4. pl.

Condition in regard to worldly estate; state of property; situation; surroundings.

When men are easy in their circumstances, they are naturally enemies to innovations. Addison.

Not a circumstance, of no account. [Colloq.] -- Under the circumstances, taking all things into consideration.

Syn. -- Event; occurrence; incident; situation; condition; position; fact; detail; item. See Event.


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Cir"cum*stance, v. t.

To place in a particular situation; to suppy relative incidents.

The poet took the matters of fact as they came down to him and circumstanced them, after his own manner. Addison.


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